I have joined the Debian Brasília Community in the beginning of 2022 via a college course, that required us to make contributions to free software communities. Since them I have started to contribute to Debian and learn about packages. Then, they invited me to go to DebConf and even participate in a Talk we have submitted together.
Bring and engage people to be part of a local community it’s a real challenge. During the last 3 years inside our local community, called Debian Brasília located in the capital of Brazil, we learned a lot about how to keep people contributing and participating in our regular activities. In this talk, we are going to present the dynamic of our meetings, how we are keeping the communication alive between active members, and methods to engage new people, trying to help them in achieving their goals in the context of the Debian Project or free software in general. We will be sharing the mistakes we made and what changes we made to work around them.